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In Honor of Juneteenth: Black Oregonians in the Labor Force

This Friday June 19, celebrate freedom by celebrating Juneteenth! Short for “June Nineteenth,” Juneteenth commemorates the 1865 arrival of federal troops in Galveston, Texas, to ensure that all enslaved people be freed. Their arrival was over two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth is considered the longest-running African-American holiday (read more at

Notes from Colleen’s Desk: It’s Contagious!

Whatever you have, it is contagious. I hope it is not Poison Oak, a negative attitude, or the current virus. Rather, I hope it is grateful spirit and generosity. A […]

Member news: OEN Food/Beverage Pitch Contest Accepting Applications

Breaking news! Oregon Angel Food, OEN’s premier food+beverage investment event, is back to kick 2020 in the kitchen! Lovingly referred to as OregonAF (and with a new mascot, more on Loafy below), Oregon […]

COVID-19 Employment Crisis Continues in May

“Although Oregon experienced job gains due to the limited resumption of economic activity in May, over the past three months of the COVID-19 pandemic job losses have totaled 243,500. Historically, this loss is unprecedented and currently thousands of Oregonians are still suffering the economic realities of being unemployed,” said Anna Johnson, Senior Economic Analyst with the Oregon Employment

Notice of Public Meeting for CDBG SBMA Grant Application

The City of Talent, with participating jurisdictions Phoenix and Jackson County, plans to apply for $150,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding through Business Oregon for the 2020 Emergency […]

Member News: Community Emergency Resource Guide Moves Release Date to Accommodate Larger, More Robust Online and Print Publication

(Medford, OR) — Collaborative Publishing Solutions (CPS) is working on two community service products which will be supported and promoted through a custom multi-media campaign, one of which is the five-county […]

Oregon’s Minimum Wage Increases on July 1, 2020

Oregon’s minimum wage increases on July 1, 2020, but the raises won’t be the same across the state. The minimum wage increases to $13.25 per hour inside the Portland urban growth boundary, $11.50 per hour in nonurban counties, and $12.00 in other areas of the state. Oregon’s minimum wage levels were set by Senate Bill 1532 in 2016. The minimum wage increases on July 1 each year through 2022.

April 2020 Oregon Statewide Economic Indicators

This is the University of Oregon State of Oregon Economic Indicators for April 2020. The release date June 8, 2020. Special thanks to our sponsor, KeyBank Link to full report (with charts!) here. This is what a “sudden stop” looks… Continue Reading

April 2020 Oregon Statewide Economic Indicators

This is the University of Oregon State of Oregon Economic Indicators for April 2020. The release date June 8, 2020. Special thanks to our sponsor, KeyBank Link to full report (with charts!) here. This is what a “sudden stop” looks… Continue Reading

Notes from Colleen’s Desk: Urgently Creating Space and Waiting

You are probably not surprised that I have been out on the trail again. It is indeed where I put my best foot forward to a creative solution and make […]